1995 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L V6 from North America


Sporty enough for a kid, yet refined enough for a man


Well the first thing to go wrong was a severe oil leak, then it was driven around without oil (my mom) and the engine was toast. This was replaced at about 80,000 miles. The engine was replaced with engine of similar mileage. - $2200.

The next thing to go was the transmission at about 90,000 miles. This was also replaced with a rebuilt transmission of similar mileage. - $1400.

My oil pressure is always low, mechanic thought it was the sending unit, and that was replaced, but still no difference, so I will have to live with it. - $50.

Then my alternator went at about 100,000 miles. - $240 (very expensive)

My intake manifold, which was made of a hardened plastic, rotted away so that was replaced at 110,000. - $450.

Then the water pump went at 112,000. - 5.

A/C pump went at 125,000 - $550!!

General Comments:

My car is has seemed to have a lot of things go wrong, but when I think back it has never left me stranded. It is a reliable car.

Other than that I love the quickness of this car for it being a big 4-door.

And everything works on the inside and out, everything was made to last.

The handling is superb in the winter time, just don't stop, it is heavy and seems to get stuck quickly.

I am happy with my car and love to drive it, just needs a little stiffer suspension, but I think mine just needs to be replaced, but I can't complain about the ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2003

1995 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L from North America


Not a bargain, but a lemon


My Transmission went out 2 months after buying the car. My front brakes had to be replaced after 1 month of having the car. My front tire fell off of the car while driving down the highway (I know that sounds insane, but it is true)...I don't know what else can go wrong with this car. I am really scared to drive it now.

General Comments:

This car drives very comfortable.

I like the feel of it on the highway.

It has a very quick pick up and go about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2003

27th Jun 2004, 20:30

Give me a break. If a wheel "falls off" a car, the first thing you should do is fix it. Then you find the previous owner and smack him for doing whatever stupid thing he did to screw up the wheel in the first place, because wheels separating from the car is not a something that EVER happens on 99% of all cars, new or used! Third, relax. Those kinds of things don't happen outside of freak occurences like yours. It seems to me like you bought a lemon. It happens. I bought my '93 Bonneville with 142k miles on her, and have had her for eight months now. I am nothing, but satisfied with the car, and if it wasn't for my own stupidity I wouldn't be looking for a '95 Bonnie to replace the one I have now. Kudos to Pontiac for their exceptional work in making a car as dependable and fun as my Bonnie!

1995 Pontiac Bonneville k 3.8 from North America


This veh will with out a doubt be a collectors car someday


I replaced the water pump in early 2000, $50.00. The overdrive solenoid went out in the transmission, $300.00 to fix. The idler pulley, $50.00. The radiator, went factory on that $275.00. This is the second engine, so the car has 185k, but the engine was replaced at 80k. Most recently the oil pan gasket and the trans pan gasket were replaced. The oil level indicator was replaced as well, it left the 'check oil level' light on all the time. The trans cooler lines were replaced (special order, dealer only) $100.00 for both. The starter, also. I know this sounds like a lot, but not really. I commute in this car 100 miles a day. As a family we have driven to Niagra Falls, Cleveland, South Carolina and Tennessee, and every time it consistantly get 27 mpg. Outstanding. Stereo controls on steering wheel quit working, no big deal. The window switch on the drivers door for both passenger windows have quit working.

General Comments:

The car is as dependable as any on the road.

The paint is still great.

Brakes have never given me trouble, nor has the brake system problem other bonnevilles have had.

Doesn't burn oil, and not a leak one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2003